venom pesticides, bee-friendly pesticide options

A Safer Pesticide From a Deadly Spider’s Venom

The threat to honeybees presented by pesticides—specifically those with neonicotinoids—have become so well-known beyond the scientific community that even companies like Scotts Miracle-Gro have started the process of discontinuing their use permanently by certain dates and substituting those harmful products with safer alternatives. Given the rate of loss being around 45 percent of colonies per…

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Montana College Gets New Honeybee Colonies

For as long as we’ve studied them, pathogens still require further understanding for how they affect living creatures at the rates in which they do. Given the rate at which honeybee colonies are collapsing—almost 30 percent annually—and the fact of pathogens being a contributing factor, there has been much research focusing on how exactly pathogens are…

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Varroa Mite Infestations Worse than Ever Thought

As many likely know or have at least heard, US honeybee populations are declining for more than one reason including pesticides, lack of nutrition, and the spread of diseases through varroa mites and other parasites acting as vectors (like mosquitoes and malaria). In an effort to understand these factors, especially diseases, USDA and university researchers…

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Miracle-Gro Eliminating Harmful Class of Pesticides

There has been a debate going on regarding the effects of certain pesticides—specifically those containing neonicotinoids—on honeybees and other pollinating insects. As per this debate, the EPA is currently investigating the possibility of these harmful pesticides contributing to colony collapse disorder (CCD)—the sudden disappearance of worker bees for no plausible reason. The state of Maryland…

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Honeybees Find Homes on San Francisco Hotels

Reports of declining honeybee populations due to mites, diseases, and pesticides have unfortunately become the norm, with plenty of researchers doing what they can to alleviate the problem. Luckily, there are plenty of others out there as well going the extra mile to help the hurting pollinators—and, surprisingly, some of those others are San Francisco…

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A Beginner’s Guide to Honeybee Breeds

At some point in recent years, raising one’s own honeybee colonies became a popular hobby, in line with the “green trend” sweeping the nation and showcasing environmental awareness. And while many are getting into beekeeping, most people view honeybees as “just honeybees,” without knowing different breeds. Just like Angus and Holstein cows, border collies and Labradors,…

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honeybee viruses, interspecies transfer

Honeybee Viruses: Can They Transfer Between Species?

The desperate situation for global honeybee populations has left many researchers, scientists, and even political leaders worried about how they can possibly support the world’s growing population and its food demands with collapsing bee colonies everywhere. There have been many studies performed to understand the origins of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) and how to possibly…

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Starved Baby Honeybees Grow into Stronger Adults

With global honeybee populations plummeting at staggering rates, researchers are implementing conservation efforts left and right to decrease the rate of loss or stop it all together, especially with our own growing food demands depending on honeybees. One of the many causes believed linked to their declining populations and collapsing colonies (called colony collapse disorder…

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